We've been programmed to associate a strong "clean" laundry scent with cleanliness. Let's dig intro the dirty truth about laundry.
Laundry products like detergents, fabric softener and dryer sheets are full of carcinogens in the form of synthetic fragrance, optical brighteners and cleaning solutions. Even worse, these chemicals are designed to stay in your clothes so they are sitting on your skin and you're breathing them in as you wear your freshly laundered garments. In case that doesn't persuade you to dump them, those chemicals also wind up back in our water systems and pollute our environment and wildlife.
Luckily, Better For You laundry products are not expensive or hard to find! The EWG has a database full of healthier cleaning products that you can consult here.
In lieu of fabric softeners and dryer sheets, try dryer balls! These babies are so cool. They are literally balls made out of wool that help to speed your drying time (and save energy!) and naturally soften your clothes.
If you find that you're missing a scent in your laundry, feel free to add a few drops of your favorite pure essential oil to your dryer balls.I usually go for lemon or lime, but lavender is another popular option. Keep in mind that clean doesn't need to smell like anything!